We did some agressive tidying and planting in the front yard over the weekend. We need to do so so much more, but time is short, so we take it in baby steps and try not to make ourselves crazy with the list of what remains undone. Lucky for us, there are many plants in our yard that are well established, like this epimedium, and really don’t need much from us. I love their heart-shaped leaves.

Ferns are some of my favorite plants and they do really well here in the pacific northwest. Our yard is full of them, and I find ways to tuck more in everywhere I can. I think of painting that urn every time I look at it, but I also kind of like it the way it is. Its one of those things I’ve had my whole married life.

A few plants made it inside over the weekend. And I finally made a terrarium, which I’ve always wanted to do-

As if the front yard were thanking us for the attention, flowers are blooming like crazy since we weeded and thoroughly watered over the weekend.

I did a little write up on nonchalant mom about finger knitting with Emma and Ian, a fun thing to pull out from time to time.

  • Helen Shields

    July 14, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Love,, Love, Love the pillows, I have been hoarding pictures of log cabin patchwork pillows for ages now with an eye to making some for my hall bench. Really ought to stop looking and start making.
    Quick question on your post about the travel pillow. Can you tell me where you got the owl fabric from or who it is from? My middle girl is mad about owls and with an up coming move to the Falkland Islands I thought it would be lovely to make her some new bits for a new room to hopefully ease the pain of leaving all her friends.
    Many thanks

  • blair/wisecraft

    July 14, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Thank you Helen. The owl fabric is made by Timeless Treasures, I bought it locally. I found it online here-–i-TT-5707-CREAM

    Hope that helps.

  • Nicole

    July 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Thank you again for sharing in the Q&A, Blair!
    I had to smile when I read this post because my mom used to swear by ferns as the only plants she could keep alive with us kids around, always picking at leaves and buds and blooms.
    Have a wonderful day!

  • Tiff@ThreePeas

    July 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I Love the look of ferns hanging on the front porch. Our house is ideal for it. Love the Terranium. I want to make one myself someday.

  • blair/wisecraft

    July 15, 2009 at 7:07 am

    The terrarium was so easy to do, there’s a great how-to video over at Design Sponge,

  • Kathy

    July 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    epimedium! Thanks. I’ve had this in my garden as a volunteer for several years and had no idea what it was called. I love it by the way, one of the first things that blooms every spring.

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